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Hospice Supports Family Caregivers of the Seriously Ill

Caring for an ailing loved one is difficult. It hurts to watch them struggle with pain, depression, fatigue, or the side effects of medication. So often family members feel frustrated and powerless to help. And this doesn’t even begin to address other common issues like: financial hardships family discord the physical toll of caring for someone who is seriously ill No wonder family members often feel sad, angry, tired, sometimes resentful—and then guilty! If you are a family caregiver, this may sound all too familiar. Rest assured, you are not alone. According to a 2009 study by AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving, there are 43.5 million family members or friends who provide care f

Tell Me About the Referral Process

Who refers patients to hospice? The contact with hospice may be initiated by a medical professional, community agent, friend, family member, or the patient. It can begin with a call to a hospice office. A hospice admission nurse will consult with the patient, family and primary care physician to assess whether hospice care is appropriate and desired upon after receiving a request for services. When should a decision about entering hospice be made? Who should make it? The earlier you call, the more the hospice team can do to help. At any time during a life-limiting illness, it’s appropriate to discuss all of a patient’s care options, including hospice. By law, the decision belongs to the pati

We appreciate our nurses!

My view of our hospice nurses: H elping O bservant S ympathetic P resent I nter-active C aring E ffective N urturing U nselfish R esponsive S killed E mpathetic S uper! By Danny Mize Bereavement Coordinator May 6, 2014

Coping with Caregiver Stress: Advice from the Experts

The stress family caregivers face can be overwhelming and unrelenting. How you cope with the stress as a family caregiver can make a big difference for you as well as your loved one. NFCA (National Family Caregivers Association) presents some helpful information that was published in the Washingtonian Magazine. Chronic stress can overwhelm the body and prolonged stress causes damage to vital organs and the immune system. Taking time to pause and clear your mind can help reduce stress. The article suggests meditation as a way to cope with stress. Read the full article to find helpful tips and a five-minute meditation practice you can follow.

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